book

noun
\ ˈbu̇k How to pronounce book (audio) \

Definition of book

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a set of written sheets of skin or paper or tablets of wood or ivory
b : a set of written, printed, or blank sheets bound together between a front and back cover an address book
c : a long written or printed literary composition reading a good book reference books hardcover and paperback books
d : a major division of a treatise or literary work the books of the Bible
e accounting : a record of a business's financial transactions or financial condition often used in plural the books show a profit
g : e-book
2 capitalized : bible sense 1 put his hand on the Book and took the oath
3 : something that yields knowledge or understanding the great book of nature her face was an open book
4a(1) : the total available knowledge and experience that can be brought to bear on a task or problem tried every trick in the book
(2) : inside information or analysis the book on him is that he can't hit a curveball
b : the standards or authority relevant in a situation runs her business by the book
5a : all the charges that can be made against an accused person threw the book at him
b : a position from which one must answer for certain acts : account bring criminals to book
6a musical theater : libretto
b : the script of a play
c music : a book of arrangements for a musician or dance orchestra : musical repertory
7 : a packet of items bound together like a book a book of stamps a book of matches

8 gambling

a : bookmaker
b : the bets registered by a bookmaker also : the business or activity of giving odds (see odds sense 3b) and taking bets
9 card games : the number of tricks (see trick entry 1 sense 4) a cardplayer or side must win before any trick can have scoring value
in one's book
: in one's own opinion
in one's good books
: in favor with one getting back in his boss's good books
one for the book or one for the books
: an act or occurrence worth noting
on the books
: on the records outdated laws that are still on the books

book

adjective

Definition of book (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : derived from books (see book entry 1 sense 1) and not from practical experience book learning
2 accounting : shown by ledgers book assets

book

verb
booked; booking; books

Definition of book (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to register (something, such as a name) for some future activity or condition (as to engage transportation or reserve lodgings) he was booked to sail on Monday
b : to schedule engagements for book the band for a week
c : to set aside time for booking a strategy meeting
d : to reserve in advance book two seats at the theater tried to make reservations, but they were all booked up
2a law enforcement : to enter charges against in a police register was booked on suspicion of murder
b of a referee : to note the name or number of (someone, such as a soccer player) for a serious infraction of the rules booking him for a late tackle

intransitive verb

1 : to make a reservation book through your travel agent
2 chiefly British : to register in a hotel usually used with in went to the hotel and booked in
3 slang : leave, go especially : to depart quickly We booked out of there.

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Other Words from book

Noun

bookful \ ˈbu̇k-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce bookful (audio) \ noun

Verb

bookable \ ˈbu̇-​kə-​bəl How to pronounce bookable (audio) \ adjective, chiefly British
booker noun

Synonyms for book

Synonyms: Noun

tome, volume

Synonyms: Verb

bespeak, reserve

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Examples of book in a Sentence

Noun

The shelves in his office are filled with books. That's one of the best books I've read in a long time. a novelist who has written some wonderful books The library has many dictionaries and other reference books. the books of the Bible a story that is told in the Book of Job

Adjective

His schooling provided him with extensive book knowledge. She had plenty of book learning but no hands-on experience.

Verb

They booked two seats at the theater. They booked tickets for a direct flight from London to New York. I booked a table at our favorite restaurant. She booked through her travel agent. We will need to book early. She booked me on a flight from Oslo to Paris. He was booked to sail on Monday. The band was booked to play at the reception.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jason Sokol, an associate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, is the author of three books on the civil rights era. Jason Sokol, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston aside, busing was a success — and it has a future," 5 July 2019 In his book, What Einstein told his cook: kitchen science explained, Robert Wolke found that a sidewalk will likely only get up to 145 degrees Fahrenheit—below the cooking temperature of most egg proteins. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Attempting to Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk Has Been a Summer Pastime for Over 100 Years," 4 July 2019 Dale Russakoff, a former Washington Post education reporter who wrote the definitive book on Zuckerberg’s gift, says the schools’ leadership was rife with corruption. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Mark Zuckerberg wanted to help Newark schools. Newarkers say they weren’t heard.," 3 July 2019 Details Author James Donovan speaks about his book at 7:30 p.m. July 11 at the Allen Public Library, 300 N. Allen Drive. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Some people say it never happened, but this Dallas author says we can and will return to the moon," 3 July 2019 The shop’s stacks are arrayed with out-of-print, rare and collectible books on art, photography, design, architecture, culinary and cinema. Lindzi Scharf, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Chi’ costume designer finds inspiration in artful places," 2 July 2019 One fun thing The green grasses of Wimbledon hosted a changing-of-the-guard match for the books on Monday. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Trump reveals his July 4th plans, fans mourn Tyler Skaggs & a new Wimbledon star: The Morning Rundown," 2 July 2019 In his book, Raising an Organized Child, Dr. Korb outlines five steps to foster greater independence and help kids get themselves to take on more of their own responsibilities. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Your Kids Should Make Their Own Lunches Starting in Third Grade, This Doctor Says," 2 July 2019 And don't overlook your local library Your neighborhood public library isn't just books on shelves. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But even before all that leakage started, the Thrones fandom (especially book readers) have wondered for years if an ice dragon would finally appear. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Why Game of Thrones Fans Saw That Hideous Dragon Twist Coming," 20 Aug. 2017 But even before all that leakage started, the Thrones fandom (especially book readers) have wondered for years if an ice dragon would finally appear. Joanna Robinson, vanityfair.com, "Why Game of Thrones Fans Saw That Hideous Dragon Twist Coming," 20 Aug. 2017 But the deal could help American capture more traffic between the United States and China through arrangements like code sharing, an industry term for a partnership that allows two airlines to more easily book passengers on each other’s flights. Neil Gough, New York Times, "American Airlines Buys China Southern Stake as Traffic Booms," 27 Mar. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Another surprise: Live music has become a big part of the equation, with acts booked every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. al.com, "Coastal beer boom: New breweries opening soon in Mobile," 7 July 2019 Sauce founder of music management company/booking agency Blonde Entertainment, said Gabriella owner Judith Simon set a good example of overseeing a business. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "'Stranger Things 3' depicts frightful '80s mall culture in Indiana. These people lived it," 4 July 2019 Although a few of the closest properties to the festival site are completely booked, there are many other options ranging in price from $58-$441. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Everything you need to know about the 2019 Forecastle Festival in Louisville," 3 July 2019 Houston First Corporation, the city's convention and tourism arm, is expected to gain $3 million a year through a new agreement with Airbnb to collect occupancy taxes from guests who book a place to stay through home-sharing platform. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Airbnb to collect city hotel taxes from rental guests," 1 July 2019 What was your experience booking talent this time around? Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, "Dan Reynolds and Tegan Quin On How 2019's LOVELOUD Festival Powered by AT&T Will Be Bigger Than Ever," 1 July 2019 The actress stays booked, and is currently appearing in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home and HBO’s wild and controversial Euphoria. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Yes, Zendaya's Parent Have Seen 'Euphoria' And They Are Very 'Proud'," 1 July 2019 Travelers motivated enough to make reservations and ditch their cargo shorts can book into the Blind Rabbit, a speakeasy with a dress code, housed in Anaheim Packing District. Jim Webster, Twin Cities, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too," 29 June 2019 Like me, many fantasised about wearing headphones or heels at night, leaving windows open, travelling home alone from gigs, forgoing bras under their clothes, booking Airbnbs in cheaper, less salubrious locations. The Economist, "For women, running is still an act of defiance," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of book

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1807, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for book

Noun, Adjective, and Verb

Middle English, from Old English bōc; akin to Old High German buoh book, Goth boka letter

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book

noun

English Language Learners Definition of book

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a set of printed sheets of paper that are held together inside a cover : a long written work
: a long written work that can be read on a computer
: a set of sheets of paper that are inside a cover and that you can write information on

book

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of book (Entry 2 of 3)

: learned from reading books and not from experience

book

verb

English Language Learners Definition of book (Entry 3 of 3)

: to make arrangements so that you will be able to use or have (something, such as a room, table, or seat) at a later time
: to make arrangements for (someone) to do, use, or have something at a later time
: to schedule a performance or appearance by (someone, such as a musician)

book

noun
\ ˈbu̇k How to pronounce book (audio) \

Kids Definition of book

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a set of sheets of paper bound together
2 : a long written work a book about birds
3 : a large division of a written work the books of the Bible
4 : a pack of small items bound together a book of matches
5 : the records of a business's accounts often used in pl. a credit on the books

book

verb
booked; booking

Kids Definition of book (Entry 2 of 2)

: to reserve for future use He booked rooms at the hotel.

book

noun

Legal Definition of book

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a record of a business's financial transactions or financial condition often used in pl. the books show a profit
3 : the bets registered by a bookmaker also : the business or activity of giving odds and taking bets

Legal Definition of book (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (an arrested person) undergo booking

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